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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rubio channeling "Total Recall"

It was painful to watch Marco Rubio come unglued during the Republican debate last night. The first time he said, "Let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country…." it sounded pretty good.

Then, when he said the exact same words a minute later, it felt a little like a horror movie, as if Rubio were controlled by a force outside himself and was not just speaking of his own volition. Then, to make matters worse, he said them a third time later on in the debate.

It reminded me of this scene from the 1990 version of Total Recall, when the Arnold Schwarzenegger character, hidden inside a robotic woman's head, finds that the head can only repeat the same two words over and over, attracting unwanted attention.

We haven't seen such self-destructive behavior during a national debate since Admiral James Stockdale, Ross Perot's vice Presidential running mate in 1992, at one point asked, "Who am I? Why am I here?"

Hard not to think this pretty much means the end of Rubio's chances.


Samuel Nock said...

Let's hope it does mean the end of his campaign. To call Rubio a mediocrity would be an insult to mediocrities. He only exists because the GOP and its donors need someone to control, and he is the only available one. A left-hand-side-of-the-bell-curve, personalityless, fake "minority" candidate who will be completely forgotten by history other than as a symbol of how pathetic and lost the GOP had become in the early 21st century.

Changing topics / candidates, do you think Cruz is a sociopath or merely a narcissist? (I mean, its a given that _every_ politician is a narcissist.)

John Craig said...

Samuel --
Ha, I have to think that Rubio is at least middle of the bell curve, just because he's gotten as far as he has. But you're absolutely right about him being the GOP's boy because he's easy to control, and Bush has pretty much fallen by the wayside. And the way he (and to a lesser extent, Cruz) call themselves Hispanic is kind of a joke; all of the prominent "Hispanics" in this country are, if not pure white, pretty close to it, whereas the vast majority of Hispanics in this country are mostly Amerindian or maybe mestizo. Two totally different races.

Wow, if Craig Mazin is to be believed, then Cruz is a sociopath. I'd heard that he was unpopular at Princeton and Harvard Law School as well as in the Senate. But I don't really know enough to say. You're right, he is at the very least a narcissist, but I just don't know enough about his personal life to make any sort of judgment on his sociopathy yet. I've said that about enough people on this blog, I don't want to start leveling the accusation when I'm not completely sure of it.

Thanks again, btw, for your help on that other matter.

Steven said...

This reminded me of "Going Home" by Leonard Cohen, a song I often think of.

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

But he does say what I tell him
Even though it isn’t welcome
He just doesn't have the freedom
To refuse

He will speak these words of wisdom
Like a sage, a man of vision
Though he knows he’s really nothing
But the brief elaboration of a tube

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore

He wants to write a love song
An anthem of forgiving
A manual for living with defeat

A cry above the suffering
A sacrifice recovering
But that isn’t what I need him
To complete

I want him to be certain
That he doesn’t have a burden
That he doesn’t need a vision
That he only has permission
To do my instant bidding
Which is to say what I have told him
To repeat

John Craig said...

Steven --
Isn't Cohen talking about his outer self as opposed to his inner self here? A little different than what's going on with Rubio, who seems to only have an outer self which is dictated to by others…...

Steven said...

yeah I think so. And yeah that's different, good point...oh well, at least I got to quote Leonard Cohen, which I'll do again:

"Forgive me if I have wasted your time".

whorefinder said...

Any man dumb enough to marry an NFL cheerleader, go nearly bankrupt after becoming a US senator, get rolled by Chuck Schumer in the immigration kerfluffle, and interrupt his own national speech to chug water....well, he's clearly surviving on his youth and good lucks, and not his brain.

I call him Latino Bambi, for that deer-in-headlights look he always seems to have. Chicks seem to dig him.

Latino Bambi's voice and manner are also whiny, unmasculine, and non-leader-ly. He comes off as a rising sophomore who got to run against the seniors for class president and, suddenly, because the teachers don't like the frat-asshole senior currently in the lead, is bolstered by them. But he just doesn't have the right amount of testosterone to convince the class to lead.

But seriously, dude, NFL cheerleader as wife? Why not get it over wiht and just marry an interracial porn star who specializes in taking the biggest black cocks in gangbangs? What a maroon. For his sake, I hope the rumors about his being gay are true, otherwise he's just a sad little cuck.

The immigration thing would sink him in my book anyway, but his personal life being in shambles---his wife and his bankbook---would dissuade me as well.

Latino Bambi, go back to the woods and enjoy some grass.

John Craig said...

Steven --
You never waste my time.

John Craig said...

Whorefinder --
I said "at least middle of the bell curve," not right end of the curve.

Ha, Latino Bambi, that's a good description. I had actually been under the misimpression he was tougher than he looked by virtue of I'm having been unflappable at the first few debates, even after being attacked. But I guess that was misleading, he's just programmed to come back in that earnest voice and deliver one of his sound bites when attacked. The problem is, that wiring malfunctioned last night.

I hadn't heard until recently those rumors about thin being gay, they seem to be based on an arrest when he was 18 years old in a park that was a gay cruising spot. That one incident strikes me as sort of flimsy evidence, it's not like Obama where there is a host of incidents and people talking out of school that point in the same direction. And while I personally don't think rubies' wife is all that attractive, generally a guy doesn't marry a sexy cheerleader type for a beard. Usually they end up marrying someone who looks like Hugh Jackman's wife, or, say, Michelle Obama. So I'll give Rubio the benefit of the doubt on that for now.

But anyway, yeah, last night's wiring malfunction would seem to have doomed his chances.

Anonymous said...

Marco Rubio has a good looking wife. He and his wife have four kids. From what I've read about her, she seems totally normal, an asset to her husband. I like the fact that she's religious, taking her children to church, giving her family a spiritual foundation. Kudos to the wife.